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they picked a fight with two men wearing women's clothing. one of the drag queens was a mixed marshall arts cage fighter. bill: just two shots. down. see you tomorrow. [captioning made possible by fox news channel] captioned by the national captioning institute jane: he is an ex-con who became a federal informant. he then became a serial killer. jon: it was born in the aftermath of september 11. the patriot act. some on capitol hill are looking to remove key provisions. how might that impact america's battle with terror? jane: before you put your top down in your right, that is something you need to hear, if you could hear anything at all. new research on the decibels
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danger. new developments on health care reform in this country. we're just finding out when the senate finance committee will vote on its version of overall. the leader, harry reid, says it will happen tuesday morning. this comes after the congressional budget office crunched the numbers and released a price tag for the plan. the cbo says it will cost $829 billion over the next 10 years, reducing the federal deficit by about 80 billion. it would also expand coverage to thank you for % of americans. white house officials said that those of the numbers -- those of the numbers they have been waiting for. let's get to carl cameron on capitol hill. now that we know this vote tuesday will happen, how is it going to go down? >> in all likelihood, it will pass. there are questions about democratic votes and there could still be additional changes. the fact we have the nonpartisan
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congressional budget office's analysis needs to be tempered. it is preliminary and not based on initial legislative language but conceptual language, plain english, so it cannot be about four -- vouched for in its entirety. everything changes all over again afterwards, because democrats in the white house are going to combine it with another bill that passed health, labor, and pensions, and it is far more expensive. it will be combined with a bill that is over a trillion dollars. so the numbers will change all over again and concerned lawmakers will have to step back and look at the new analysis. jane: and this is just on the senate side. there is movement on the house side, as well. ultimately, they will have to come together. what is the story?
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>> nancy pelosi has been for most of the morning meeting behind closed doors with members of her caucus, laying out three bills that have already passed committees in the house and arguing with her own at membership about how they should be blended together into one bill. on the senate side, it is two bills. nancy pelosi is looking at three. it would like to get them combined and distilled into one bill by next week to begin a debating an amending process on the house floor. look for republicans to fight that tooth and nail. they are going to against a up their outreach to centrist democrats, specifically fiscally-conservative blue dog democrats. many of them have expressed real concerns about the cost of what the house is considering. those three bills are over one trillion dollars, as well. there are now five bills in the
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congress. four of them cost well over a trillion dollars and include the so-called public option, the government-run program. more on tuesday. jane: as karl said, the cbo numbers are not the whole story. there are other numbers that could cause hiccups. we will take a fair and balanced look at this in a few minutes and talk about ultimately what it means for all of us. jon: the new claims numbers for joblessness are out now, and there is encouraging news. the number of people filing new unemployment claims falling to 521,000, almost since january -- the lowest since january. and the number of benefit claims the lowest since march. i do not want to mislead anybody coming here -- that is still more than half a million people filing for unemployment claims. but the number is going down each week.
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>> you are exactly right. this is encouraging news. the trend is better. but to put $520,000 -- 520,000 people in context, it is like the entire city of atlanta, georgia filing for unemployment in one week. it is still a very big number. one no. we do not talk a lot about is the number of americans on extended benefits. now they are extended, and that number is slowly rising. we have about 3.8 million americans of extended benefits right now, and what is the next step after that? there really isn't one. that is why down in washington right now, they are working to help those people who have been unemployed and on benefits for so long. the trend is better, but we still need to see significant improvements to the job market.
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jane: president obama has received a copy of the trooper quest for afghanistan, but it is not the final version. robert gates submitted the request so members could add comments. this was done to prevent more leaks. the white house says developments could happen as soon as tomorrow. jon: a homicide attack in the heart of afghanistan's capital this morning. at least 17 are dead, dozens hurt, when a car exploded near the indian embassy in cobble -- coupled -- kabul. this is the same site where another deadly blast took place a year ago. it happened around 8:30 this morning, when many people were travelling to work. jane: members of congress are reconsidering key provisions of the patriot act. section the -- sections of a
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law giving increased surveillance power to congress are set to expire. what measures are we talking about that are causing controversy? >> we can take viewers live to where the senate judiciary committee has been actively marking up this legislation. this is the patriot act, as you mentioned. it has three provisions due to expire soon better causing a battle amongst democrats on capitol hill. first is the rogan wiretap provision, allowing the government to conduct surveillance on mobile devices. the question is whether the government should be forced to have evidence that they are going to use the next phone or cellular device or not. another provision is the one tangible thing provision, a means by which law enforcement agencies can send a letter to a business and demand any tangible
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thing they want to see in connection with a terrorism investigation. lastly, we're talking about lone wolf provision. this is where a non-united states citizen may be engaged in activity. should the government be able to prove that that citizen is related to a foreign power or terrorist group or not. that is what they're arguing, jane. as we have noted, the patriot act as a legislative outgrowth of 9/11. the law enforcement agency heads, homeland security heads, have all said that the patriot act has been essential to preventing us from suffering another 9/11. the obama administration, unlike right now with that trooper quest, is prepared to go along with the recommendations that the agency has here. so they are looking to authorize these provisions with as little modification as possible. here is joseph lieberman, the
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democrat chairing the homeland security committee, talking about the questions he asked to the agency head. >> i expect to hear requests for more money for one program or another. and i got to bob mahler, head of the fbi, and he said the one thing i want to do is to reauthorize the patriot act. >> they want to see greater modifications put on and greater protections for civil liberty. protections for civil liberty. jon: he became an informant.
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>> welcome back. i want to keep you apprised of school closings throughout the nation, keeping an eye on h1n1. we have a freedom charter school in tucson, ariz., a small school. colorado springs is also seeing rocky mountain flats charter academy closed. an entire school is closed about an hour from pueblo, where they are also seeing it caesar chavez academy. so i show you those in one area because you see them being hit pretty hard. there are things is still on the map for you to know about.
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high absenteeism in north dakota as they keep an eye on things. they said that closing school is not their first course of action. they prefer people to get the vaccine. butte, montana schools are also experiencing higher absenteeism due to flu symptoms. they are keeping an eye out for what is next. entire school districts are shut down until monday. you saw that on the map in red as well. jane: take a look at this man. he is a former federal informant who will be in court today in boulder, colorado, suspected of being a serial killer, murdering his stepdaughter, two women, and his own uncle. he was released from prison in 2002 to get information about a murder plot involving his cell mate. on the phone with us is corey lopez. maybe the feds should have known
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what was up when he started calling himself hannibal. what exactly is expected to do? >> >> he is charged with 44 years in prison, and part of the deal he made his that he would say where these people were buried, where he left the bodies. he has been taking authorities on a wild goose chase. in that understanding that he signed with prosecutors, he could be tarred with one count of second-degree murder. now, the district attorney is wrapping up the case by having him plead guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. we do not know which specific murders he is being charged with. it is just a bizarre case.
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jane: is it still part of the deal that the remains will be found? >> it is where he said his uncle's remains were. investigators go out there, they do not find anything. and that has been the case on and on and on. jane: you can only imagine that victim's families are asking how this guy could be an informant for the federal government when he was out killing people. >> he was released in december. it appears he may have hooked up with one of his cellmates girlfriends. lee m. emery disappeared, and
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there was a killing in august of 2003. this is the bizarre thing about it. the guy is called hannibal, but he ended up marrying one of the victim's mothers. it is pretty unbelievable. and families are coming and for this arrangement that is going on this afternoon, and some of them expect maybe a bombshell to be dropped. they do not know what this guy is going to say. i do not know if they will get a sense of closure. jane: thank you. jon: the estimates for the health-care overhaul plan are out. it is an $829 billion bill that will actually reduce the deficit over 10 years. that would seem to help its chances of passage.
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but could other key details derail the whole thing? @f
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jon: the finance committee is set to vote on health care as of tuesday. a preliminary estimate out from the cbo says the plan will reduce the deficit. it does not guarantee passage, though, the bill that will bring big changes in the way your health care is delivered and paid for. that is because there are still pitfalls. democrats are divided over concepts like government-run health insurance, the so-called public option, as opponents voice concern about the cost of the whole thing. joining us now is former senate majority leader trent lott, from mississippi, and a democrat
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from arizona. thank you for being with us. it is probably fair to say that health care overhaul got a shot in the arm as a result of these congressional budget office numbers. they came in even lower than the finance committee thought they would. is there something we should open the curtain and see? are there hidden surprises there could be lurking here? >> first, you have to give credit to the finance committee and chairman baucus for coming up with the bus bill. it has problems. it does have tax increases and will be making cuts in medicare that i do not think should happen. you have to give credit for the
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bill. other things would be included like medical malpractice reform and state borders. you might be able to get into an area where things could be accomplished. the problem is, where we go from here, and will the house insist on changes that will undermine the bill? jon: much of the bill is to be paid for with $404 billion in medicare cuts and savings. if that is available right now, we're talking about an $800 billion bill -- if half of it comes from medicare, why not do that right now? >> that is a good question, and there have been efforts. the majority attempted to make changes, and it is difficult to do this. you just cannot pick at little
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pieces. bill clinton was president and offered 11. long term, it is a savings, and there are changes that can be made in medicare and medicaid, and i think democrats and republicans agree with that. i agree that the block this bill is the best we have before us. it is not perfect. there will be changes and negotiations. you see where bill frist came out in support of the president's efforts to pass the bill. also, the secretary of labor and tommy thompson came up for it
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just a couple of days ago. so there is an awareness that something has to be done. you have to work together. and senator grassley has tried hard. olympia snowe has worked tirelessly on this, and it is coming together. they will pass something. whether we will like it all, we do not know, but it will be better than what we have today where you have almost 50 million americans with zero insurance. jon: right now, 83% are covered. you're talking about $829 billion over the next years to cover 11% of the population. worth it? >> i do not think so, but there will be people who say that that is not enough.
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but i want to pick up on something the senator said. we have to have some changes. the cost of escalation is a burden on business men, women, and individuals. we have a problem with affordability and accessibility. there are some changes that really have to be done. but i think that that is the solution. instead of recruiting the whole world and trying to change the good things in our health care delivery, but to identify the problems and see if we can fix that. that is the way we came together in a bipartisan way in the past. i would hope that cooler heads prevail and something comes out of this. i think the odds are probably better than 50-50 that there will be a bill, but we have to get it right and not throw out the goods. jon: senator, is there if you're
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on your part that there will be a massive new bureaucracy that once it is in place never gets done? >> it was a necessary piece of legislation that still needs to be fine-tuned. if you look at 1965, when medicare was passed, it was a comprehensive bill modified many, many times. part of the problem is the bureaucrats. when you pass this legislation, you cannot fix everything. but if you look at where the united states is, we have the highest percentage of any industrial country for health care. 16% of our gdp, where the normal averages between 8% and 10% of it. our health care costs are rising 20% a year. that is why there's a real, genuine effort by republicans and democrats to do what senator lott says and try and find
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middle ground. if they cannot find the middle ground and there is a majority, it will pass, and i predict that will happen. i hope with people like governor thompson, bill frist, and chuck grassley and olympia snowe and susan collins, there should be some movement on that side. the democrats that are concerned, as senator lott point out, that this is too costly, will be brought in believing in convinced that there is enough savings here to make it work long-term. jon: we will see how it all shapes up. thank you both. jane: millions of dollars to fix up a bridge that takes visitors to the clinton of library. guess who is footing the bill? this edition of the daily average -- an outrage -- the daily outrage comes from
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jon: food and medicine is
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arriving in western indonesia from the united states. david is streaming live. what is being done to help survivors? >> release of relief supplies and medical health experts are pouring into sumatra at this time, and they are needed, because there are still thousands displaced. there are reports said some were slept away from landslides and earthquakes, and helicopters are now dropping supplies in to the people. they have not had any help know for after a week, and that is what is being concentrated giving help to those people.
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there is a massive effort. they're hoping for other patients a day. the u.s. denver is of particular significance, with heavy lifting helicopters on board, and they are what is needed to get supplies up the hill to these people who need them. jane: do you think washington moves slowly? how about this -- a government watchdog agency said that 200 people have told the irs about violations totaling more than $2 million a claim. not a dime of reward money has been paid out to these was left blowers. that is not all -- some of them
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have not even been paid out. jon: a new reports is lengthy flight delays are quite as -- twice as common now as they were in 1990. researchers at the brookings institution said that much of the problem is due to a heavy concentration of short trips between big cities. they also suggested letting busy airports charge fees on rushed flights. that is what we need. or you can just do what i did and get your pilot's license. jane: you have a great product. who better to sell it than someone who likes it. new pitchman for ford motor co.
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are drivers like you and me. they are talking about their favorite features. take a look. >> i like the refrigerator. i told him i needed a milkshake, and he put it in there and kept it cool. jane: i like that. a refrigerator for my milkshake, jenna. >> even though it is real people, it does not mean that these ads are inexpensive. let's walk through this. ford calls it the "drive 1" campaign. they launched it about 18 months ago. sales are not down as much as general motors or chrysler and they have not taken government money, so while they still have $25 billion of debt on their
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books, they're trying to capitalize that their position looks better. there will be 40 different advertisements, all of them testimonials from real drivers out there. and they have a competitor, as well. there is someone else in this marketplace spending more than a billion dollars, up by the name of toyota. for toyota, that is a 40% increase of their marketing campaigns from last year. although this is another increase, for ford, it is only about 10%. ford hopes that testimonials help them game -- gain momentum that they have seen with americans coming back to their product. on monday, they started. jon: a bridge renovation project in arkansas stalled for seven years. now it is getting economic stimulus money.
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at the project is said to create jobs and to help transportation. what is wrong with that? it is part of today's daily outrage feature in the "washington examiner." is there a connection between disparate and bill clinton's presidential library? -- is there a connection between this bridge and bill clinton's presidential library? >> they wanted it in exchange for providing $4 million for renovating the bridge. the only problem is the original estimate of $4 million was too low. when they started to look closer at it, it turned out the bridge needed about $10.5 million worth of renovation. the clinton foundation only agreed to pay for about $4 million of that. as a consequence, people went to washington. a bunch of congressman showed up, saying that they should just
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have the federal government pay for the rest of the amount. but it is not exactly clear how all of this works out. the governor agreed out of the discretionary fund, funded by the stimulus, to pay for this with $2.5 million. because of the nature of that fund, you do not have to disclose what lobbyists have been involved, what contacts you have had with contractors. so how these estimates were even arrived at in the first place is confusing. jon: the clinton library foundation promised to spend $4 billion, but when the price went up, they did not spend it at all? >> no, they will contribute $4
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million to it, but there are questions about how the estimate was arrived at any way. they said we would be able to take care of this and then they said, well, actually, suddenly this costs too much. what the discrepancy was is not certain, but we do know that this is a 19th century rail bridge and not functioning. jon: taxpayer money is helping to fix up the beaches of new jersey. >> exactly pri is a beach out -- exactly. it is a beach bill. they hope that if they are ever going to visit, they should enjoy those beaches.
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jon: that is a pretty penny for some folks in the country. >> one of the most important parts of the daily outrage series is that when a state is not funding something properly, the federal government swoops in to pay for it, also. they suffer from misplaced priorities. jon: nothing wrong with fixing of new jersey beaches if you are new jersey, but this is federal money. >> exactly. over $300,000 are going to dredging in land, another 300,000 to participate in a waterway project. these are things that are not of concern to the federal taxpayer but are certainly of importance to new jersey. they should be the ones paying for it. jon: thank you. jane: you have tried the patch and the pill and purer willpower.
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jon: what could be a bomb scare in florida. harris has the details from our breaking news desk. >> yes, miami beach, this is what they are dealing with. it is the no. broward center. they're taking it seriously, because they have a bomb squad on-site. they are circling the campus right now, and we're watching the situation. as i get more details i will let you know, because this is very new. can we listen to the helicopter pilot? is that possible? the minute we go to him, they turn around to go refuel. how bad is the beauty of live television. -- that is the beauty of live television. i will tell you any updates about this situation.
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jane: china has long tried to limit their population, which stands at more than 1.3 billion people. but the one-child policy, compared with a cultural preference for guys over girls, is leading to a major imbalance there. we just completed a three-week trip across china with dana. how many millions of men's in china -- of men will not be able to find wives? >> a lot of people have talked to the chinese government about this. they started their policy in the 1970's to control their population, and because the chinese culturally prefer boys over girls, what would happen is that in the sonogram of a lot of families, if they detected a girl, they would have an
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abortion. a lot of people have talked to the government about this, but now they are listening, because they are worried about social unrest in rural areas. there are all sorts of warning signs that in the next 15 years to 20 years, this problem alone could cause all sorts of social problems. in cities like shanghai, for the first time, the chinese government has said this summer, "ok, you can have a second child." culturally, they have always prefer boys because they think they will look after the family and bring in salaries and pensions to support them. but now it is women who support the family just as much as men, and as people migrate to big cities, we're starting to see a positive cultural change in china. jane: what about matchmaking customs that they have there? >> we went to shanghai, and if we can show the video, you see
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hundreds of people every weekend in the center of shanghai putting up posters of their daughters or sons, their mothers, their fathers, their grandparents. there are very serious about this. they did not like our cameras. the chinese are shy and they feel it is a loss of face, but one person said if you could put a picture of my son and leave a phone number, that would be great, in case any american women are interested. jane: interesting stuff. thank you. jon: women, do you think men are tuning you out? jane: i felt sorry for my husband because of this story. i think he might be deaf. jon: there is a good reason why guys are more likely than women to lose their hearing. jane: meet boomer.
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jon: his name is a boomer, and he might be the tallest to dog. he is a 3-year-old in newfoundland -- a 3-year-old new foundland, and his owners are hoping to get him in the "guinness book of world records ." >> whether we get in or not, it is going to be a fun process. jon: the previous record holder was a great dane who was nearly 4 feet tall, but he died this summer.
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jane: we are rooting for you, boomer. these guys might be cutting the lawn, listening to music, writing a motorcycle, or driving with the top down, but they are now at a greater risk for hearing loss. that is what researchers are saying today. doctor, why our guys so much more susceptible? >> men ignore loud noises. they are trained not to react. with trains hitting 70 decibels, loud restaurants, you have an excuse to not listen. but the reality is that we are bombarded by noise, whether it is machinery, guns, drills -- men do not pay attention. ipods are a factor, and so are loud concert. if you smoke pot or use
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alcohol, you are numb when you are dealing with loud noises. so they have to learn to use your plugs and get screen for hearing loss -- use earplugs and get screened for hearing loss. age is the biggest factor, because the year is made up of bone, and it is basically an expert sketch -- etch-a-sketch of cells. as the bone ages, everybody gets hearing loss. everyone is losing hearing as a general rule, and then you take the loud noises that men are trained to ignore, and you have hearing loss. these are clay earplugs. people do not wear them enough.
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you can block one year and leave the other open, particularly with airplanes. you can use a little shot of afrin on airplanes to open up the years, but the reality is that your plans are under used -- ear plugs are underused. in the future, we could have a stand that checks your hearing and memory and pick that up early and prevent people from losing hearing. jane: it could be beethoven or leaf blower. date could boast cause hearing loss. it just depends how loud and how long. >> screaming, loud concerts', even an ipod -- voices are everywhere. so if you are not aware of noise pollution -- a bust just walking
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across the street can give out 80 decibels presell you are being bombarded. if you are at your home or a concert, using an ipod, you have to be careful. take care of the bones, which are critical to hearing. that is why vitamin d and other nutrients can help prevent hearing loss. jane: so before i yell at my husband again, maybe he is just to death. poor thing. thank you, doctor. jon: how long have you been married? i feel for him. they are the eyes in the sky over the battlefield. how unmanned predator drone are helping u.s. and nato forces strike back at the taliban and al qaeda. we're live in southern afghanistan with a close-up look.
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12:00 pm jane: a young woman on a trip to ecuador is murdered, and police are not doing anything to help. the mother joins us. jon: a school attack, and you will not believe who is accused of doing it. jane: the military says that this could be the weapon that turns the tide in afghanistan. jon: new developments to tell you about in the case of the teenager from jordan living in dallas who has been accused of trying to bomb a dallas skyscraper. the grand erie -- grand jury just issued an indictment indicating that there is enough evidence that the suspect not only knew he was participating in a bomb plot, but that he himself punched a button on a cellular phone that he thought would like the bomb off.
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he was indicted by a federal grand jury in dallas on charges of trying to blow up a dallas skyscraper. jane: we do not see these in chicago. what is going on with these? >> this is an odd rescue, but very dangerous. it is quite a few feet off the ground. you have a tree trimmer working on a palm frond who is trapped underneath that tree. there are several ladders pitched by the fire department. this is in south los angeles. what we're hearing is that they are trying to rescue him. he is trapped underneath the palm fronds. sometimes if they die, they just sort of fall. he is underneath there. if you can imagine being stuck -- not a lot of air under there, and it has to be uncomfortable as they go in and get him very delicately. look at them falling. that is what you do not want to
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have happened. if he is hanging on to any of those abc him moving, that could be perilous. you did not want him to slip and fall and hang on to something that will hit the ground faster than you-know-what. we're watching closely, but again, you do not see this anywhere else. it is still warm out there. jane: let us know what you see. thanks. jon: president obama is holding in major lunch with business leaders at the white house. the health-care bill is sure to be a hot topic, with the administration getting good news on the overhaul with a new budget report. it puts the cost at $829 billion over the next decade. it is even suspected to lower the federal deficit. but some republicans are not
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praising the pan -- plan just yet. were they saying about these numbers? -- what are they saying about those numbers? >> it might not be the final form, and when you ask the cbo for analysis and it comes out in a positive way, there is a positive reaction here. folks can hear that this is an important step forward for reform. analysis confirms that we can provide stability and security for americans with insurance and affordable option for uninsured americans without adding a dime to the deficit and saving money over the long term. the white house points out that the president has had health care reform must be deficit neutral, so this will be appreciated. jon: what are republicans say now? >> chuck grassley has been a key figure in all of this. he says there is not enough bang for the buck. take a listen.
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>> the stories that 85% of the people with health insurance will see their premiums go up. we are going to spend $800 billion, $900 billion, and we still have 25 million people that do not have health insurance. this is a big expansion of the government's involvement in health care, the biggest since 1965, and it puts 11 million more people into medicaid, which will lead to an unfunded mandate for the state. >> needless to say, grassley and many republicans will not support the bill. jon: mike, thank you. jane: speaking of which, the deficit has reached an all-time high, tripling to 1.4 trillion dollars since the 2009 fiscal year. the nonpartisan cbo says that the recession, spending to bail out wall street, and economic
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stimulus bill all put us deeper into the red. the other record was set last year. the 2011 budget proposal will aim to lower the deficit. jon: powerful earthquakes sent people running for their lives in fear of a tsunami in the south pacific. thousands fled coastal areas for higher ground after four more quakes rocked the south pacific, right on the heels of deadly earthquakes in indonesia and the samoan islands. greg has an update for us. >> the latest we're hearing is that in the southern pacific, there were four major earthquakes. seven on the richter scale or more. we are told that two are seven- plus richter scale earthquakes, very unusual. we have been consulting with the british but geological survey's seismologist. there was a warning after the
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first quake, but according to experts, displacement of the ground floor of the ocean there was not great enough, the movement not great enough to create a tsunami. there were just waves a couple feet high. but 25 nations were on alert, including samoa, which is saw a deadly earthquake in tsunami last week. jon: is there a link between all of these >>? >> they are around the ring of fire, where the tectonic plate of the pacific ocean meets several other plates. that ring of fire, that fault line reaches of oil around the pacific ocean and comes around california. because there was a difference, they thought there was not a direct link, but an indirect link. there is thought to be an indirect link between what we saw today in samoa and the activity in indonesia last week, that major, a deadly earthquake.
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finally, a new study is come against a couple of days ago from a seismologist at the university of california in berkeley saying that aftershocks from this huge earthquake that created the tsunami before were felt all the way in california. repressed experts about that study and they say it needs a lot of work, but there are not as many answers as questions about what happens underneath the ground here on this planet. jane: to the war in afghanistan and the debate over sending more troops there. two hours for now, james jones will be on capitol hill giving a closed door classified briefing to lawmakers. request for tens of thousands of more troops has landed on the president's desk. but it to steve, who is watching the pentagon. what do we expect? >> the national security
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advisers to capitol hill, talking to members of the house today to brief them on the way forward for afghanistan. as you know, there have been a lot of different meetings. the president has met previously at the white house with his national security team, and they have been assessing the overall situation before making a decision about the additional need for troop strength. they said it has been general, but yesterday they talk more about pakistan and the question of the taliban, whether they pose a greater threat. that is one of the things under consideration going after al qaeda in afghanistan and pakistan, and pakistan is a key to all of this. jane: when do we expect a decision from the white house? >> the president wants to assess the situation carefully, and when asked by john mccain this week in one of those meetings,
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he said we do not want to address this into leisurely a fashion, and the president said no one feels the urgency more than he does. so officials say that they expect the decision soon, within a couple of weeks. that is the consent says, but of course there is no firm deadline. the president did receive a troops request from stanley mcchrystal in afghanistan last week, and he can look at it, put it on the table, and work that into the mix as he goes forward any time he wants, for and we expect he might be looking at that possibly on friday with this meeting with daschle security advisers. jane: -- with those security advisers. there was another bombing in afghanistan. this is the second time the embassy in kabul has been attacked in the last several years. 17 people are dead. the taliban claims responsibility, but the afghan interior ministry is hinting
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that they think pakistan might be behind it, because the indian embassy was the target. india and pakistan have been archrivals for many years, and we do not know who is to blame. jon: score one for the los angeles fire department. angeles fire department. >> it is the anniversary of the arkansas and news anchor, anne pressley's death. he is up on capital murder charges, with his trial set to start the beginning of next month, november 2. a big to do is going on in little rock today, because
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attorneys for the defendant argued that his confession and other evidence, dna evidence left on the sheets of her bed should be allowed. the pretrial hearing began a couple of days ago. we are at the very start of this. as the case continues to breed -- continues to develop, we will bring it to you. the rescue of that tree trimmer has just been set free. we have a fantastic video.
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>> here is the video i promised you. he is stopped between 50 feet on the ground. he and a chain saw got suspended. he is trying to hang onto palm fronds, and they will not hold his weight. he was stuck there for an hour, hanging on to the tree. and now you watch the video as he makes his way down. no word on whether or not he is injured but you will see as he gets to the bottom, they do want to check him out. they put him on a gurney. man, oh, man, more than 25 feet off the ground, just suspended with a chainsaw. i did not know how he hung on to that baby. back to you. jane: the plan for health care. how it affects us and how we will all stay healthy in this country. democrats backing reform in the senate are sharing news about the key plan for the finance
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committee. according to the budget office, the plan has a 10-year cost of $829 billion to less than expected. it also could reduce the deficit by 81 billion. critics argue that this will ultimately lead to new taxes and insurance increases. let's get to bill nelson, a democrat from florida, sitting on that committee. progress is on the left are concerned that in that time friend, this bill as we see it now, -- progressives are concerned that in that time frame, this bill could he lead to taxes. how concerned are you? >> i am concerned. the ideal is to get everyone in the system so we do not pay $1,000 a year on our policies for the people that do not have health insurance but that get their care in the emergency room. and that is what it is.
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it is like a hidden tax that each of us are paying. but the question is, can we get a reform of the system started? i think that this finance committee proposal that we will vote out next tuesday is a good first step. the goal is to make health insurance available and affordable for everybody. jane: the cbo was clear that these numbers could change rapidly once they see the legislative language. this is really much more concept. how possible do you think it is that these numbers could go up? >> cbo are very professional and usually right on the market. but we will see as we get into the details.
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jane: mitch mcconnell says that this bipartisan proposal will never make it on the senate floor since the real bill will be ridden in a closed conference room in the capital. your response? >> remember, you cannot pass anything in the senate unless you have 60 votes out of 100 senators. that is a high hurdle. that usually means there has got to be some degree of bipartisanship, and it certainly means that cannot be tilted extreme left or extreme right. so this is pretty much that kind of example that will ultimately be available. and ultimately will pass the senate will be the blueprint of
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what comes out of the committee. we are looking at the motion to cut off debate, probably a couple of republicans. but when you get along to final passage, i would bet that it is considerably bipartisan. jane: thank you for your time, senator. jon: violence inside a school happens fairly often. this one is caught on tape. who is behind it is a real shocker here. a special needs students says that a police officer assigned to the school attacked him and broke his nose. wait until you hear what his lawyer says triggered it all.
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jane: accusations of police brutality and a school for special needs children in illinois. special needs a student and a police officer assigned to this school slammed him into lockers and wrestled him to the floor. the boy says his nose was broken when he was pinned down. you can see officials coming in to keep him on the ground. we will show this to you. >> it is almost unbelievable. the police officer told him to tuck in his "effing" shirt. jane: they are required to have
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shirts tucked in at school? that is the policy? >> the students are required to have their shirts tucked in, so the police officer said that and the students said no. the police officer said to go to the principal's office, and that is where he was headed. the police officer then it jumped him and rammed him into the wall, pinning him down to the ground. he is 5 foot, 6 inches, 140 pounds. this is a small young man. no match for this police officer. jane: he was not doing anything to provoke the officer? he did not use any curse words? >> he did not at all. you can see in the video that he was trying physically to move away from the officer. he was trying physically to get out of the of sir's way and
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avoid him, and the officer ran him down. they arrested him. had it not been for this video, the students certainly would have been arrested and charged with a crime of assaulting or battering a police officer, and it was only when police realized that this video was available and others would be able to see it that it would be stupid to charge him with a crime. jane: what happens to the cop? >> the police officer is no longer with the doll and police. whether he was disciplined, fired, still functioning as a police officer, we do not know. when we filed the case, we will figure it out. one of the reasons why we want to bring it to everybody's attention is because this guy does not deserve to be a police officer, much less than a school
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to protect developmentally disabled kids. we want this cop brought to justice, we want a criminal prosecution brought against this please up search for what he did. we are suing the police officer as well as a filing the case next week. it will certainly be against this officer, probably the school. it is the school's job to prove that -- protect this man, and it did not. there are two categories of injuries. one is broken noses, contingencies, those have resolve themselves. it is good. but history tells you that this man will be afraid of police officers for the rest of his life. he has an emotional problem now that it will take some time to fix. but the other thing, as i say, beyond trying to address injuries with the case, we want
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to bring attention to the fact that there is a rogue cop who could be a criminal based on the videotape and we want law enforcement authorities to deal with this. jane: i understand you got a call from the fbi? >> about an hour ago. the civil-rights division of the department of justice is investigating this as a possible abuse of civil rights. we were gratified to share that. we hope it results in the prosecution of this police officer. jane: we contacted the school, but we have got no response so far. we will let you know if we do. jon: the battle for afghanistan is not just fought on the ground, but also from the skies in ways never imagined before. how are unmanned drones like the one you see here could be the turning point in defeating the
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jane: a mother's fight for justice. her daughter was killed while she was away in south america. in has been a month, and there has been virtually no progress in the investigation. can you imagine being a parent? what is taking so long?
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and how about this? a blast for the past. why hef and company might be turning back the clock to boost their bottom line. jon: when you think of the war in afghanistan, this comes to mind. american troops fighting the taliban to send mail in tough, mountainous terrain. but the best american chance for turning the tide could come from the sky. we're talking about unmanned drones. casey is embedded with the troops in afghanistan and has an up-close look at how those drones are working. >> yes, the department of defense estimates that at any given time there are about 30 of these drones flying in the skies of afghanistan and pakistan. they are about to wrap up about
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1 million flying hours, and there are estimates that 20 commanders of the al qaeda and taliban forces have been killed with this particular weapon. call it a souped up remote controlled airplane. it is one of the new tools used by the air force in the war on terror. >> we find assets, find bad guys, identified them, and strike them. >> they are responsible for takeoffs and landings, but once the vehicles are airborne, they are flown by pilots in the united states, kind of like a video game. perhaps the most important feature is this camera that allows people on the ground to not only gather intelligence but also monitor the enemy from great distances in any condition, even in the dark.
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and the popularity is growing. >> they are building them as fast as they can. >> though some see these vehicles as a way to win these war, they have also received criticism for killing innocent civilians. some critics say you cannot replace or substitute eyes on the ground. jane: we want to get to harris back in the breaking news desk. mark sanford is back in the news. what is going on? >> he is riding in a crown victoria that gets pulled over for speeding. there is dashboard camera video. they're going 85 miles an hour, and a south carolina trooper decides to pull the car over. when he does, the guy who is driving gets out and the trooper says, do you have a good reason
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for driving that fast? the guy says, yes, i'm driving the governor. and the cop says that is not a good reason for speeding. the guy driving says, "tell him that." the trooper then gets out. do you think he told the governor? let's take a listen. no. he did not tell the governor. he said he just wanted to make sure he was the governor and to have a nice day. they did not give him a ticket. there was a public outcry, so this tape is being released by the director of the south carolina department of public safety, was looking into the matter. jon: a couple of nasty storms are brewing today i could spell trouble for the south this
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weekend. they do not need any more water. janice is live and the weather center. -- janice is live in the weather center. >> snow in denver, colorado. some ski resorts are opening early, the earliest on record. a lot of power already in the forecast. i think we're looking at snow right there. jon: that is not just mother nature. that is a little bit of snow making going on. looks good. >> here is the storm system that is going to bring some of that's no to some of those ski resorts. the big bad news is that there's flooding across areas that do not need to see any more rain. saturated ground for parts of missouri in towards illinois and back through the ozarks. so there is were the heaviest rain is coming. we have flash flood warnings in a lot of the areas, including
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this region from the border across illinois and missouri, including street louis, a flash flood warning for you where we could see 1 inch to two inches in a short time, and to inches to 6 inches with isolated higher amounts across the midwest. there is what we're getting on the satellite radar composite. a little freezing stuff in there, so if you do not like winter, it is not a good idea to live across the rockies. here is the accumulation in the next 48 hours. a wide swath of 1 inch to 12 inches as we get closer to denver. so we might see jon scott on vacation the next couple of weeks. here is your precipitation in the next 48 hours, on top of rain we have already seen across the midwest. the potential for flooding as we head into friday and the weekend as a lot of storms will cycle over the same area. we will get to the potential for quite a bit of rain fall,
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especially along a boundary which you can see on our current map. rain across here, and warm, moist air behind that. cooler, more dry air masses elsewhere. look at the temperature. 32 in rapid city, 30 in missoula. we will see below-average temperatures below the storm system, so it is something to talk about as we get into the fall weeks and then eventually winter. jon: jane does not need me here, so i'm free to go. jane: let's get t-shirts made. at a somewhat related story, parts are of slaughter in santa cruz, calif., as thousands of monarch butterflies are writing -- are arriving, flying as far
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as the rocky mount's to hibernate. authorities do not know how they know where to fly every year. experts say the caterpillar survive on milkweed plants in the area. jon: "playboy" is to get hopping. they are planning a shift in strategy. one idea could bring bunny's back to a nightclub near you. this is humiliating. stand still so we can get an accurate reading. pounds and a smidge. a smidge? y'know, there's really no need to weigh packages under 70 pounds. with priority mail flat rate boxes from the postal service, if it fits, it ships anywhere in the country for a low flat rate. cool.
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martha: arizona please get a call from a homeowner who says there is an intruder. the shooting starts, but when the man is on the ground, he
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tells the police that he is the homeowner. it is a huge lawsuit going on in arizona right now, and we will talk to the wife of the man and find out what happened. trace: the question is, if you get sick from h1n1, does the government have the right to quarantine you? one state is trying to do just that. we will talk about your rights coming up at the top of the hour. jane: they are changing the playbook at "playboy and." the company has a new ceo with a new strategy. it centers on bringing back an old favorite. >> it is getting back to the bunnies for playboy. that is what scott flanders, the new ceo, says he is going to do.
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playboy had a wide variety of nightclubs between 1960 and 1983 or so, and then they shut down. it was now working out for them. -- it was not working out for them. and despite the recession and a tough time las vegas has had with the real estate market and otherwise, it has done well, so scott flanders says he will invest in the brand and bringing back one of the things that made the merchandising presence. investing not only in real estate properties, but different things you can have the bonnie grant on. he also spoke with brian sullivan, saying he will launch a perfume brand as well as a way to expand work "playboy" is going.
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with advertising revenue down, instead of expanding further in that direction, he is tailoring back to look at these ways consumers can be reintroduced to "playboy" in an old, a new way, i guess you could say. jane: i guess men are saying they can envision themselves as you have there. is that pam anderson? jon: i remember that party. that was a wild one. very nice. [laughter] why do you do this to me? jane: you get bright red. we like to see a little color in your face. it was all done a's idea, anyway.
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-- it was all jenna's idea, anyway. jon: a new study finds a text messaging program helps people trying to quit smoking. messages are sent every day to smokers to encourage them to kick and have it. they can even text to the word crave to the program and get advice on what to do if the urge is overwhelming. a study finds that the messages double the chance that smokers will be able to kick the habit. jane: just days away from coming home from south america, she was murdered. her mother says that police are stonewalling, not even helping her find out who was responsible for killing her child. they say there is to be an investigation, she needs to help pay for it. can an american citizen gets justice? (announcer) the same rapid response you expect
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jon: imagine the horror. your only daughter is murdered in another country, but police there seem absolutely and concerned. it is happening right now to los angeles mother who says all she wants is justice for her daughter, killed in south america and three days before she was to come home to the u.s. september 9, daniela lopez did not answer her mother's phone calls. the next morning, she was found murdered, naked from the waist down with her throat cut, stabbed many times. nearly a month later, her mother says ecuadorean police have done little to solve the crime. she says investigators tell her they have no evidence, not a suspect, and they are refusing to perform routine dna test.
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let's talk about it with daniela lopez's gloria lema mother gloria -- let's talk about with danielle -- daniela lopez's mother, gloria lema. a friend is also here. tell us why she decided to go to ecuador. it is your home country, after all. >> she decided to go to ecuador for a vacation. she liked the little kids. jon: she wanted to help the poverty-stricken children of south america. >> yes. the last time she went with me, -- she likes to help. she said she tried to help and help the animals, also.
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jon: it sounds like this was the kind of girl she was. she did not like to party and drink a lot for that kind of thing. >> no. jon: so you actually had to go ecuador to identify your daughter's body? >> yes, i did. jon: i am sure that that had to be awful. julie, tells a little that -- tell us a little bit. i hear the glory has gotten next to no help from authorities there. >> i got involved. i asked her if she was ok, and the owner of the hair salon where she works says he had sent letters 3 e-mail to obama and the state department and nobody was helping.
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when i heard her story, you know, she got a runaround down there. she asked the prosecutor, the police, the embassy, what do i do? during the to pay you? join me to fill out paperwork? she was told basically nothing. last week, the prosecutor called her and said, i am sorry, but you should have filled out a police report with an attorney. we do not do an investigation without that. and we're not doing dna testing that the red cross said they would pay for because we cannot afford it. and this is an american citizen, a citizen of the united states for 28 years with her daughter. i feel that the united states needs to bring this to her.
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jon: there is a young man who seems to become obsessed with her daughter there, spending time chasing her and so forth. how please look at him as a suspect? >> yes, they made some investigation, but they let him go. he does not have any evidence to him. so all of the people were around. jon: it is my understanding that your daughter's body is still there? >> and gloria left the body there because she felt they might need it for the investigation and they did not want to have any evidence tainted. just a you know, someone spoke from the u.s. embassy in keto this morning and were told they have a suspect and apparently he
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or she, i do not know if it is female or male, did no danielle up. however, they cannot find this person. why do they not find him? it has not been on the news there. what kind of investigation are they doing? we keep getting so many mixed signals. and one of the big things your local station ran last night was that there was a picture on a local newspaper with a knife and a cellular phone in it -- i think you have seen that. when she asked the prosecutor about the evidence, she was told, "what evidence? that was manufactured by the media. we don't have that evidence." we just do not know what is going on. jon: it is not read this story. if our viewers want more information about how to help
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pressure authorities in this investigation or help gloria, it is available on our blog. gloria, again, we wish you the very best. thank you for being with us. >> thank you so much. . medicare.
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